Every so often we have the good fortune of hosting dinner for some of our favorite Hip Hop heads as they travel through Phoenix on tour. The cuisine is usually simple – literally beans and rice presented in the form of nachos (Hey, if it’s good enough for The Grouch…). Each time I spend the day fretting about whether beans and rice are befitting for the occasion, but am usually too busy working to plan anything more complicated. I do, however, hook it up pretty fancy when it comes to the drinks.
I pretty much always have some kind of interesting beverage to sip on. Trouble is, usually drinks are where I consume too many calories and zap my vitality. I’ve come a long way since my alcoholic days when I thought everything necessitated a hefty splash of vodka, but I am still very tempted by sugary soy lattes. That’s why I like to keep a substantial repertoire of healthy recipes on deck.
This drink (minus the turmeric- that’s new) has always been the most popular when our guests come over. The ginger’s spiciness is stimulating, warming and nourishing. Together with the fresh turmeric and raw, local honey this makes for a potent antibacterial, antiviral tonic. Just what you need when you’re on tour (or navigating real life).
As you may already know, we LOVE ginger around here, so we include a sizable amount. Adjust according to your taste. Go ahead a make it even if you don’t have raw turmeric on hand, it’s bomb just like that. Also, I use the Vitamix for this recipe, but you can still make it by juicing the turmeric and ginger with a microplane zester.
4 cups water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 – 2 inch knob of ginger
2 inch knob of turmeric
1/2 cup honey, or to taste
If you have a high-speed blender, place all of the ingredients into it and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth if you do not want the final product to be pulpy.
If you do not have a high-speed blender, use a microplane zester to juice the ginger and turmeric. Combine all the ingredients together and stir until fully incorporated.